Iran doesn’t want to be seen as intransigent – expert

Posted on April 17, 2012


Iran has agreed to play along because it certainly does not want to be seen as intransigent, expert on South Asian and Middle East Studies, Saif Shahin said, speaking about the outcome of the recent “Iran-Six powers” talks in Istanbul.

Two rounds of talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries have been held in Istanbul this past weekend, and, according to official statements, the discussions were “constructive”.

The Iranian side was represented by ran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary,chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, while Union foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton handled the matters for the Six European powers.

Official statements after the discussions praised the talks, calling the “constructive”. The group, which included the United States and the other four permanent U.N. Security Council members Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany, agreed with Iran to reconvene in Baghdad on May 23.

Saif Shahin believes the Iran nuclear talks should be seen in the light of the US election cycle.

“President Obama realizes he has done little during his term, particularly in terms of foreign policy, to rally his core constituency of anti-war voters behind him come November,” he said. “These talks conveniently follow months of rumor-mongering about the specter of war, and are meant to assuage the fears of anti-war Democrats”.

At a news conference in Cartagena, Colombia, where he was attending the Summit of the Americas, Obama said negotiations between Iran and six world powers that resumed on Saturday would not stretch on indefinitely and would require Iran to act.

“We’re going to keep on seeing if we make progress. Now, the clocking is ticking and I’ve been very clear to Iran and to our negotiating partners that we’re not going to have these talks just drag out in a stalling process,” Obama said.

Shahin believes that the talks will continue.

“They will continue, and they will be called constructive by both sides, but I don’t expect them to yield any concrete results,” he noted.

The United States and its European allies suspect Iran of covertly developing atomic weapons, accusations Tehran denies.

The Islamic state says it has a sovereign right to nuclear activities, which it says are entirely civilian.